Inter-Tel, NTTI, Glocalnet & Telba to Form Global IP Network
Inter-Tel has announced that it has joined forces with NTT International
(NTTI), Glocalnet AB and TELBA TelecomunicaÁıes to form an alliance that
will establish and operate a global data network. The companies have agreed
to unite their respective regional telephony networks to exchange VoIP and
facsimile traffic. The networks will interoperate via Inter-Tel’s
Vocal’Net IP telephony gateways and call accounting technology. Under the
terms of the agreement, all four companies will maintain their networks and
expand network coverage within their regions by either building additional
infrastructure or forming relationships with smaller ITSPs.
Inter-Tel owns and operates Inter-Tel.net, its alternative long distance
network in the US. Inter-Tel.net has seven POPs in the US. Inter-Tel.net
currently supports calls originating from Phoenix, San Jose, New York City,
Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Reno with termination throughout
Glocalnet is deploying a pan-European VoIP network. The network has POPs
in Stockholm, London and Amsterdam, with plans for POPs in Frankfurt,
Paris, Zurich, Brussels and Milan. By the end of the year, Glocalnet
intends to have more than 2800 voice ports installed. The company is
connecting its POPs via VPN technology.
NTTI has software licensing and distribution rights to Inter-Tel’s
Vocal’Net IP telephony gateways in Japan and other countries. It has
deployed POPs in Tokyo and Osaka, with plans to install additional POPs in
Sapporo, Sendai, Nagoya, Hiroshima and Fukuoka. NTTI expects to support
2300 ports by deploying l00 Vocal’Net gateways by year’s end.
Telba’s planned South American alternative long distance network already
includes POPs in Curitiba, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Additional
POPs are scheduled for Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Santiago,
Chile. Telba plans to deploy 300 Vocal’Net gateways to support 7200 ports
throughout most of South America.
OzEmail Expands Market Presence of VoIP Subsidiary, Interline
OzEmail Limited is aggressively attempting to strengthen and expand the
global presence of its Internet telephony subsidiary, Interline. OzEmail
has just announced its entrance into the Pacific Rim market, with Japan
based Mitsubishi Dream Train Internet and Hong Kong based MagicTel as
Interline product and service providers. It has also negotiated a deal
with Hyundai Information Technology to exclusively market and sub-license
Interline’s telephony gateways to Korean service providers. In Europe,
Metro Holding AG will market and distribute Interline’s Internet telephony
In the US, OzEmail has agreements with several companies to market and
distribute Interline’s services. It has teamed with Cisco to install
Internet telephony gateways worldwide and develop a global settlement
standard. The company has finalized an agreement to use Teltran
International’s US facilities as a central hub for the termination of
domestic and international calls. Concentric has signed on with Interline
to be the exclusive US provider and reseller of its VoIP services. In
addition, OzEmail has announced plans to move Interline’s headquarters to
Silicon Valley to facilitate better relations with the plethora of Internet
telephony companies based there.
In separate announcement, OzEmail is exchanging approximately 5,400,000
OzEmail Ordinary Shares for Metro Holding AG’s 40 percent interest in
Interline. The stock consideration is equivalent to 540,000 OzEmail
Limited American Depositary Shares (approximately value of US $12
million). That represents approximately 4.5 percent of the expanded share
equity of OzEmail. The exchange will increases OzEmail’s ownership position
in Interline to 88 percent.
Sequel Commits to $500,000 in Linkon Gateway Technology
Linkon has announced that Sequel Communications, an international
telecommunications carrier, has submitted an order ,in excess of $500,000,
for Link’Net IP Telephony gateways.
The Link’Net IP Telephony Gateway provides H.323 compliant voice and fax
communications over Internet and Intranet networks. It is based on Linkon’s
universal port Maestro System to support from four analog ports to a full
digital T1. The Maestro boards support 2 channels per DSP, thus a
four-port, four-DSP board can provide four full-duplex Internet phone
conversations. The gateway can provide up to 96 ports in a single node
server configuration. It is designed on Sun Microsystems’ Sbus
architecture and runs under the Solaris Unix-based OS. It features SS7 and
E1 signal switching and GSM compression capabilities.
Link’Net gateways in a network will continually ping each other to monitor
network congestion. Should the IP network become too congested, the
gateways will automatically switch from routing calls via an IP to the
routing them over PSTN. When the congestion improves, the gateway will
automatically switch back to IP.
Sequel Communications is a facilities-based telecommunications provider
offering a array of traditional and enhanced value communications
solutions. The company utilizes the latest developments in CTI to provide
next generation telecommunications services on a global scale.
Qwest has Capacity and Technology to Offer US VoIP services
Qwest announced the activation of the transcontinental portion of the Qwest
Macro Capacity Fiber Network. Qwest now has more than 5,400 route miles of
IP fiber network in service from Los Angeles to San Francisco to New York,
Dallas to Houston and Pheonix to Austin. The company currently offers
phone to phone VoIP services over the network in western U.S. cities, with
plans to offer the service nationwide.
Qwest plans to deploy 10,885 more route miles of optic network in the US,
passing more than 125 US cities.